Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Leading Voting Rights Scholar, Pamela Karlan, to Deliver Treusch Public Service Lecture January 25, 2008
Leading Voting Rights Scholar, Pamela Karlan, to Deliver Treusch Public Service Lecture

Professor Pamela S. Karlan of Stanford Law School, a leading constitutional law scholar and authority on voting rights, will discuss "The Evidence of Things Seen and Unseen: Abortion, Desegregation, High-Speed Chases, and the Roberts Court" when she delivers the 2008 Paul and Phyllis Treusch Public Service Lecture at Southwestern on Thursday, February 21 at 4 p.m.

The Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law at Stanford, Professor Karlan also co-directs the school's prestigious Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. After completing her B.A., M.A. and J.D. degrees at Yale, she clerked for Judge Abraham Sofaer of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Justice Harry Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court. She went on to serve as assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, where she specialized in voting rights and employment discrimination litigation, and as a member of the University of Virginia Law School faculty before joining Stanford's law faculty in 1998.

With primary scholarly interests focused on constitutional law and litigation, voting rights, and criminal procedure, Professor Karlan is the co-author of several leading casebooks, including Constitutional Law (5th ed. 2005), The Law of Democracy: Legal Structure of the Political Process (rev 2nd ed. 2001), and Civil Rights Actions: Enforcing the Constitution (2000), as well as more than 70 scholarly articles.

Professor Karlan has worked on nearly 50 cases at the United States Supreme Court, and has also litigated civil rights and civil liberties issues extensively before other federal and state courts. On the basis of her voting rights work, American Lawyer named her one of its Public Sector 45, a group of young lawyers "actively using their law degrees to change lives." She is a widely recognized commentator on legal issues and is frequently featured on programs such as The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

Dean Bryant Garth said, "Professor Karlan's scholarship and advocacy match her perfectly with the ideals that the Treusch Lecture is designed to foster."

Established in 2000 with a gift from the late Professor Paul Treusch and his wife Phyllis, the Treusch Public Service Lecture series brings national leaders in the public interest field to campus to share their unique experiences and insights with the Southwestern community.